December 19, 2007 - Yankee Group announced that virtual appliances will enable the delivery of better-quality software and an improved user experience.


The virtual appliance is an emerging new development for the software industry.

According to the recently published Yankee Group Report, “Virtually Possible: Virtual Appliances Ready to Shake Up Application Delivery,” IT infrastructure and its relationship with applications has dramatically changed with the rise of anywhere computing enabled by server virtualization.


ISVs now have a way of delivering their software through virtual appliances - a virtual machine that consists of an application and an integrated operating system (OS). A customer-created virtual machine would normally consist of an OS such as Windows or Linux on top of an installed application.

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